Safety Walk-Arounds

OSHA has a two-page Fact Sheet for “Safety Walk-Arounds” that provides guidance on conducting workplace safety inspections.

Workplace inspections are important for identifying hazards and resolving them. You should set up a schedule to inspect the workplace on a regular basis.

Pre-Inspection

Familiarize yourself with the workplace and operation, and the hazards previously identified. Review prior inspection reports, injury and workers compensation records, incident investigation reports, and recent near-miss incidents.

Check to see if previously identified hazards have been abated or if further action is needed. Gather workplace inspection checklists from the Internet or other published sources. For example, self-inspection checklists are included in OSHA’s Small Business Handbook.

Determine what personal protective equipment you’ll need to conduct inspections in all the areas. It is important that you lead by example and use the necessary PPE, be aware of posted safety warning signs, and follow safety procedures.

Onsite Inspection

The Fact Sheet also describes the activities involved with the onsite inspections. It suggests the best way to conduct wall-to-wall inspections and lists easily identifiable hazards. In addition, the Facts Sheet provides tips for interviewing workers about safety issues.

For more information on safety walk-arounds, including post-inspection activities, see the OSHA Fact Sheet at this web page.